Manatee deputies chase stolen car, suspects flee

MANATEE - A pursuit by deputies of a vehicle that had been reported stolen ended with a crash and the escape of two suspects, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

About 1:42 a.m., two deputies in a marked patrol vehicle in the 900 block of 53rd Avenue East spotted a 2009 Jeep Liberty that had been reported stolen. When they attempted a traffic stop, the driver of the Jeep sped up and fled, according to a news release.

After about an 8-minute pursuit, the stolen vehicle crashed into a parked vehicle in the 8100 block of Glenbrook Place, in the Glenbrook subdivision. Two suspects in the stolen car fled.

A sheriff's helicopter and police dogs were brought in for a search, but the suspects were not located.